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When was the last time you went on a relaxing foreign holiday? If you’re like most Americans asked the question during a recent Bankrate survey, only 52-percent of Americans are planning summer vacations in 2021 while a whopping 48-percent are still on the fence. Researchers asked the obvious question and found a simple answer: “We can’t afford it.” In fact, 74-percent of Gen Xers surveyed (ages 40 to 54) say they can’t afford a summer vacation. If Americans in this age bracket

Officially known as Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, but commonly referred to as the ATM Cave, this vast underground complex offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the lost world of the ancient Maya. Abandoned more than 1,000 years ago, the ATM Cave was once used by ancient Maya priests to conduct some of their most solemn and grisly ceremonies. Inside the ATM Cave are thousands of artifacts, including obsidian weapons, ceramic offering pots, and other religious items, but the reason why people

If you are searching for adventure, Belize is the ideal place for you. Located in Central America, Belize is a country of magnificent natural beauty that lures travelers with its pristine reef, thick jungles, friendly people, and ancient Maya pyramids. Getting to Belize in 2019 especially from North America has never been easier and affordable. Flights with United, American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest depart daily from major US cities like Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. There are also weekly flights

A narrow strip of golden sand beaches measuring just half a mile wide and 16 miles long, the Placencia Peninsula is well-suited for exploration by golf cart. Although there are a few places where you can drive a car in Placencia, the majority of the peninsula is off-limits to automobiles, making golf carts the perfect mode of transportation to get around. Barefoot Rentals and Services, a locally-owned company based in southeastern Belize, has a large number of golf carts for rent. What

Managed by the Belize Audobon Society, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is one of Belize's largest and most important protected natural areas. Located in the southeastern Stann Creek District of Belize near Dangriga, Hopkins, and Placencia, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary measures more than 150 square miles (389 square km) of pristine nature that includes mountains, wetlands, waterfalls, and Caribbean coastline. The CBWS is perhaps best known for being the world's first jaguar preserve. All five of Belize's indigenous big cat

If you're staying in Placencia, Belize on your vacation, it's really easy to visit Tikal, one of the most amazing historical sites on the planet. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Tikal is located just a few miles across Belize's western border with Guatemala. Tikal and its towering temples have been featured in many popular movies, including Star Wars (Episode IV, a New Hope), Moonraker, and the New Adventures of Tarzan. Barefoot Rentals and Services's Tikal tour allows visitors to explore one

How will you spend summer's end? How about taking that Belize road trip? By August, travelers who took early summer vacations have already forgotten how it felt to relax. The kids aren’t thrilled about school starting in a matter of weeks. Your family deserves a final summer fling to get fall off to a super start and Belize in August won't empty your bank account if you plan a road trip. Why a Belize road trip? Belize’s landmass is 8,867 miles in

Ancient Maya caves dot Belize, but they’re so different, nobody says, “When you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” One of the most unique is Actun Tunichil Muknal, the site with such a long name, it was called ATM long before the acronym stood for banking kiosks. How is ATM different from other Maya sites? For one thing, it’s underground. While most ancient Maya ruins are above ground so visitors get easy access to temples, housing and ballparks, this cave, where

The Maya Civilization in Belize No one is quite sure when the ancient Maya civilization first appeared, but archeologists believe that the first organized settlements were built in Central America starting around 2600 BC. Originating in what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the Maya began expanding. At the zenith of their civilization, the Maya controlled a vast network of trade routes and majestic stone cities down through Central America all the way to what is now the nation of

Easter in Belize Easter is a four-day holiday in Belize and the biggest celebration of the year. Beyond religious observances, Easter is a time of exciting sporting events, getting outside to enjoy activities in the fresh air, and spending time with family and friends while enjoying fabulous food. Here are three places to visit during Easter in Belize: Benque Viejo Del Carmen This small town located in far western Belize is a great way to experience traditional culture during Easter. Good Friday is when